libapparmor aalogparse memory leak

Bug #1340927 reported by PGArchangel on 2014-07-11
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Steve Beattie
Steve Beattie
apparmor (Ubuntu)
Nominated for Trusty by Steve Beattie

Bug Description

My kern.log is filled by lots of messages so aa-notify tries to parse them on first run.

My OS is going down when there's no memory left because aa-notify leaks.

I've found that leak is in /usr/bin/aa-notify file in function parse_message.

If I comment lines from
my ($test) = LibAppArmorc::parse_record($msg);
then all goes fine. Program parses file and no memory leak is happened.

Do I've got sources of my version (libapparmor-perl (2.8.0-5.1) from ubuntu) and found that some variables from aa_log_record struct were not freed by the free_record function. These are
char *net_local_addr;
char *net_foreign_addr;

Could this be a reason of a leak?

I haven't much time right now to compile and run tests. So I posted just information I've found and commented lines in bugged function to get my system working.

Steve Beattie (sbeattie) wrote :

Nice catch. Yes, these are indeed being leaked. There are some additional leaks that are occurring around parsing of syslog data.

Changed in apparmor:
status: New → In Progress
importance: Undecided → High
milestone: none → 2.9.0
assignee: nobody → Steve Beattie (sbeattie)
Steve Beattie (sbeattie) wrote :

Commits to address these have been applied to the 2.8 and trunk apparmor branches.

The ubuntu packages should also get a fix for this.

Changed in apparmor:
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
Changed in apparmor (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
Steve Beattie (sbeattie) on 2014-10-02
summary: - aa-notify memory leak
+ libapparmor aalogparse memory leak
Changed in apparmor (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Released
Steve Beattie (sbeattie) wrote :

Apparmor 2.9.0 has been released; closing.

Changed in apparmor:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Steve Beattie (sbeattie) wrote :

Attached is a patch as a part of a trusty SRU.

Steve Beattie (sbeattie) wrote :

I reproduced the memory leaks with libapparmor from apparmor 2.8.95~2430-0ubuntu5.1 from trusty-updates, and verified that libapparmor from apparmor 2.8.95~2430-0ubuntu5.2 in trusty-proposed fixes the issue. I did this by running valgrind on aa-notify against each version of the library after having run apparmor regressions tests to generate a lot of events in syslog. Valgrind reported before updating:

  definitely lost: 11,586,610 bytes in 1,005,004 blocks

after updating, valgrind reported:

  definitely lost: 40,263 bytes in 824 blocks

with the remaining leaked memory looking to be in perl itself.

Marking verification-done.

tags: added: verification-done

The verification of the Stable Release Update for apparmor has completed successfully and the package has now been released to -updates. Subsequently, the Ubuntu Stable Release Updates Team is being unsubscribed and will not receive messages about this bug report. In the event that you encounter a regression using the package from -updates please report a new bug using ubuntu-bug and tag the bug report regression-update so we can easily find any regressions.

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